The “Local Seed Bank” concludes the summer season of 2019
UAWC’s Local Seed Bank has concluded the 2019 summer season. The farmers’ applications for seeds were received from the beginning of February until the end of March covering the needs of 510 farmers and 1100 dunums of local seeds, which included serpent cucumber, squash, pumpkin, okra, cowpea, watermelon and sunflower.
The summer season of 2019 recorded the largest number of beneficiaries from all districts of the WB and the number is increasing every season as farmers grow their demand for rainfed local seeds in the different Palestinian towns and villages.
Since 2003, LSB has worked on providing Palestinian farmers with the needed local seeds in winter and summer seasons every year. Since 2017, the Bank has covered at least 3,200 dunums of rainfed agricultural land.
“Strengthening the Local Seed Bank” project, which is funded by the Netherlands representative, aims at increasing the purity, cleanliness and germination of seeds stored and distributed to farmers, as well as implementing many field farm observations and developing technical and scientific expertise of the LSB team that specializes in local seeds.
The Local seed bank in Hebron, established and managed by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees since 2003, has increased and improved about 40 varieties between vegetable crops and local field crops constituting about 319 local seed inputs from different regions, where the genetic resources are conserved within the Bank in accordance with appropriate conservation mechanisms in order to protect them from the risk of loss and achieve the sovereignty of Palestinian farmers on their food